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Ulster Exile's Tanks And Fish
April 3, 2008
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Tank 1 - 215 (ish) litre - excuse the poor pic quality (and the flash) and the algae, and the ugly CO2 hose I need to move... /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />
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Leporacanthicus Heteradon (Golden Vampire)
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Gold laser corydora (CW010)
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Crossocheilus Siamensis (SAE)
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Botia Striata (Zebra loach)
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Nannostomous Beckfordi (golden pencilfish - female pictured I think)
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The tank is also home to some neons/cardinals, a very shy L134 along with some amano and cherry shrimp.

April 3, 2008
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Tank 2 - a 35 litre Elite, again, excuse the poor pics. This tank has only recently been set up.
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Betta Splendens
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Hyphessobrycon amandae (Ember Tetras)
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Malaysian Trumpet Snails
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Cherry Shrimp (female above, male below I think)
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April 3, 2008
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Wow! They are some genuinely excellent photos /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

Your first tank looks absolutely superb mate, really impressive /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

Thanks for sharing!

April 3, 2008
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QUOTE(dunc @ Apr 3 2008, 06:41 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wow! They are some genuinely excellent photos /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

Your first tank looks absolutely superb mate, really impressive /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

Thanks for sharing!

Cheers Dunc /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

April 3, 2008
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Beautiful tanks and choice of fish mate. I love your Cryptocorynes /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> It's nice to see someone keeping suitable tankmates with a fighter too. What substrates/lighting are you using?

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April 3, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Apr 3 2008, 07:32 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Beautiful tanks and choice of fish mate. I love your Cryptocorynes /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> It's nice to see someone keeping suitable tankmates with a fighter too. What substrates/lighting are you using?

Cheers Matt /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

The crypts are all C wendtii, but are not the greatest choice with the lighting I have. They are pretty much covered with Green Spot Algae, but when it gets too bad I regularly trim the leaves. The undersides of the leaves are a gorgeous pink though, which I like.

Tank 1 has 4 x 30W T8 whilst Tank 2 has 1 x 15W T8.

Tank 1 contains plain pea gravel with JBL The Seven Balls and Tetra Crypt tabs (in addition to the dry ferts I have just started to use). Tank 2 was set up with Eco-complete, but I'm waiting on CaribSea coming back to me on this, since my bag appears to be from a dodgy batch - does the job nutrient-wise, but isn't uniformly black and contains some quite large bits in it.

I deliberated quite a bit over adding both the cherry shrimp and the tetras as I was concerned about their suitability. He was initially tried with a couple of shrimp, which he totally ignored so I tried him with the tetras (back up plan was in place /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" /> ). I couldn't recommend the tetras highly enough tbh. They sold themselves to me when I was buying some amanos in the tank next door and as the assistant was netting them, the tetras crowded over to that side of the glass for a gander, although it did take me a while to make the decision to go back and get them. They have an amazing amount of character and are fun to watch. The tetras are much too fast for the betta and both parties are uninterested in each other anyway.

April 4, 2008
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Yeah I think H. amandae are one of the better choices to keep with a fighter too. Totally peaceful and not too vigorous at feeding time. Which species of dwarf sword is that at the front of the larger tank? I've never had any luck with those...

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April 4, 2008
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Wow nice peice of aquascaping, tank looks fab,
love your fish selection to, very nice indeed.

April 4, 2008
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QUOTE(Matt @ Apr 4 2008, 05:51 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah I think H. amandae are one of the better choices to keep with a fighter too. Totally peaceful and not too vigorous at feeding time. Which species of dwarf sword is that at the front of the larger tank? I've never had any luck with those...

Not echinodorus, it's sagittaria subulata. I tried echinodorus tennellus and preferred its finer leaves and overall look (especially the pink tinge it develops) but it wasn't robust enough to survive the attentions of the corys/loaches/SAE's long enough to become rooted so it came out in favour of the sag. The sag does well enough, but again is slow enough of a grower to end up with a bit of algae if kept in higher light but not in the shade.

ETA: Thanks muchly Mike /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

May 26, 2008
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Very bored earlier so time for a wee update to share my boredom...

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The ludwigia is turning nice and red
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However, I am struggling to keep up with the heteranthera zosterifolia - it grows pretty fast and is very unruly and messy looking. I imagine I'm supposed to trim it very frequently, but I'm not sure where to start!
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May 26, 2008
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Wow I love the changes you've made UE /cool.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.gif" /> What new plants have you added as well as the Ludwigia? I don't know much about trimming Heteranthera I'm afraid, we could really do with a plant expert or two on here. /rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

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May 26, 2008
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wow, stunning layout you have done, gives me some ideas. TFS

May 26, 2008
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Thanks /blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" />

Apart from the l. glandulosa, I've removed a pile of the sagittaria subulata and replaced it with cryptocoryne x willisii which is starting to grow in well. I used some of the cuttings from the hygro on the right side of the tank to fill in at the left side as well and it's coming through the wood nicely.

Still needing something to plug the gap where the CO2 diffuser is, but I'm not rushing that decision.

May 26, 2008
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Yeah that looks excellent UE, top work. I really, really want to get a proper planted tank on the go but I'm as creative as a dead dog /sad.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":(" border="0" alt="sad.gif" /> Could never achieve something like UE's tank, it'd end up looking like a pile of freshly-mown grass /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />

May 26, 2008
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Ah you're all too kind really! If I'm totally honest, although I started with a specific design in mind, the tank has just evolved over time. I've called it a 'work in progress' elsewhere and that describes it perfectly as really I'm using it to learn.

I'd love to have the vision that George Farmer & co have when it comes to designing a tank but like you Dunc, I lack creativity.

May 26, 2008
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QUOTE(ulster exile @ May 26 2008, 08:06 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd love to have the vision that George Farmer & co have when it comes to designing a tank but like you Dunc, I lack creativity.

Shut up, there's nothing wrong with it, it's great and I love the wood too. Stop putting yourself down as most people would give their right arm for your tank!! /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" /> You've done a wonderful job there so be proud /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />
I love them cory's /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" /> I NEED some to add to my collection /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" />
Great work and accept the compliments your getting /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

EDIT* p.s. is the wood Sumatra Driftwood??

May 26, 2008
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/blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> Didn't mean to sound ungrateful lol

The corys are my pride and joy - the only fish I've ever bought off a breeder! I do know that Lee at corys4u usually have them in stock for about £9 a pop - I'm thinking of getting more at some time, although I may go back to the breeder himself for these.

EDIT: The wood in the little tank is Sumatran driftwood from Unipac, but the stuff in the big tank is Redmoor wood I bought from the Green Machine in Wrexham. Aquaessentials do it too. It's good stuff, but dear.

May 26, 2008
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QUOTE(ulster exile @ May 26 2008, 08:42 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
/blush.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blush:" border="0" alt="blush.gif" /> Didn't mean to sound ungrateful lol

The corys are my pride and joy - the only fish I've ever bought off a breeder! I do know that Lee at corys4u usually have them in stock for about £9 a pop - I'm thinking of getting more at some time, although I may go back to the breeder himself for these.

EDIT: The wood in the little tank is Sumatran driftwood from Unipac, but the stuff in the big tank is Redmoor wood I bought from the Green Machine in Wrexham. Aquaessentials do it too. It's good stuff, but dear.

You didn't sound ungrateful at all lol You just didnt seem happy enough but saying that, who is ever happy? We always want to go a step further but it's all part of a learning curve /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />
Wood, I actually just got the web addy from a mate today for Unipac but haven't looked yet. I love the driftwood I have but might swap to Sumatran instead, see, none of us are happy lol /laugh.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="Laugh" border="0" alt="laugh.gif" />

May 26, 2008
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Impressive as always, with a lovely natural look to it. Much better than a clinically planned layout /thumbs_up.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":thumbsup:" border="0" alt="thumbs_up.gif" />

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May 26, 2008
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Thank you both /biggrin.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.gif" /> Much appreciated.

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